My latest Civil Discourse comic tackles the government's "Terrorist Watch List" which has almost million names. Who's on it? Toddlers, dead people, congressmen, and Iraq War vets. You know, the people most likely to harm America. See the ACLU's watch list counter for more info.
Common names like "Robert Johnson" are listed without specific details. So far, 12 Robert Johnsons report being interrogated at airports. In an attempt to find the elusive John William Anderson they detained a six year old. Sometimes you really can be too careful.
The artist formerly known as Cat Stevens changed his name to Yusuf Islam. That's too Islam-y for the government so he's on the list as well. (He should change it to an unpronounceable symbol, like Prince did, just to mess with them). Were he to be allowed on a flight, the coach section could spontaneously break out into a rendition of "Peace Train." The airline industry is suffering enough. We don't need anyone reminding them of trains at this point--especially peaceful ones.